This Romanian Communist propaganda film was made during Stalinist times and aimed to show the supposed benefits of the Soviet-style agricultural collectivization taking place in Romania during the early 1950s.
This Romanian Communist propaganda film was made during Stalinist times and aimed to show the supposed benefits of the Soviet-style agricultural collectivization taking place during the early 1950s. The film also shows that Romanian peasants were divided between those opposing and those embracing collectivization. The opposing peasants being mostly the wealthy ones had the most to lose from the process of collectivization while the poor landless ones had the most to gain. The heated debates between the pro and con camps would ultimately lead to murder and to state authorities' intervention in order to calm down the peasants. Beyond the propaganda aspect of this film the viewers have a chance to get a glimpse into traditional Romanian folklore and village life in rural Romania during the 1950s. Written by
At around 17 minutes and 54 seconds into the film a scene shows several Romanian peasants sitting around a radio.The radio is broadcasting a program by Voice of America.This US radio service was part of the State Department between 1945-1953 when this film was made.Voice of America radio broad-casted American propaganda into several Eastern European countries, including the USSR.It represented America's effort to counter Soviet Union's communist propaganda. In this film the Romanian communist filmmakers wanted to suggest that only enemies of the new Romanian communist regime could listen to hostile imperialist American radio propaganda.These peasants are shown as being traitors, unpatriotic and anti-revolutionary.However, the film fails to mention that Voice of America radio broadcasts into Eastern Europe and USSR were electronically jammed by the Communist authorities since 1949. See more »
The film suggests that agricultural collectivization in Romania during the 1950s was generally welcomed by most Romanian peasants and that it was a free choice voluntary process.Today when the secret archives of Communism behind the Iron Curtain have been declassified we know for a fact that agricultural collectivization in Romania was a mandatory forced process dictated by a brutal and repressive Communist regime acting at the orders of its Soviet masters. See more »